DALLAS/HOUSTON, TX– TTS, LLC and LemcoStar, LLC are launching a new bulk liquid transportation system to provide a “highly efficient and significantly less expensive method of transporting liquid freight,” the companies said.
The TransiTank™ turns a regular 53-foot dry van into a liquid bulk carrier, thereby expanding shipping opportunities for trucks, providing another option to optimize their backhaul, and greatly reducing freight costs. The TransiTank can carry a full load of wide-ranging non-hazardous chemical and food grade products, such as:
• Base oils
• Industrial oils
• Fruit juice
“To give an example of the cost savings with the TransiTank,” said Jeff Brashares, Senior Vice President, Sales and National Accounts, TTS, LLC,” consider the cost of a food-grade tanker hauling freight from Los Angeles, California to Houston, Texas. The transportation cost would end up around $6000. Whereas, the total cost of using the TransiTank including back-haul, would be $3500. That’s 58 percent cost-savings.”
Each TransiTank is designed for a one-time use and is the industry’s first polypropylene tank individually sized in accordance with the weight of the liquid being transported to achieve maximum payload capacity. One or two tanks can fit into one trailer to make a full load at 5,000 gallons or 46,000 lbs. payload.
“Given the looming capacity crunch with the implementation of HOS and driver shortage, companies need a more effective transportation solution for bulk products. With the TransiTank, tanker trucks will no longer be needed as the technology transforms a dry van into a bulk transportation provider. This allows trucks on the road to further optimize their back haul, by broadening the type of loads they carry, and provide significant cost savings to all parties involved,” said a release.
The TransiTank also requires no additional equipment besides current pumps for bulk fleets, creating a seamless transition to this new technology. The tank passed 100 percent of road testing, including an inspection from the Department of Transportation, and “stop tests” based on industry standards to ensure bracing was sufficient. In addition, both NS and BNSF have tentatively approved the use of the TransiTank in private intermodal equipment, operating on their respective lines, said the companies.
“The TransiTank is constructed to provide a safer, more efficient and cost effective method of transporting bulk liquid products,” said Roger Goose, President & CEO, LemcoStar, LLC.
“All tanks are constructed within HACCP standards from materials that meet FDA, Kosher and Halal requirements.”
With TTS’ national representation of agents and brokers, the company plans to utilize its large network of carriers and clients to take the TransiTank to market. They will provide professional training for loading and unloading; recycle each tank after use; and use their widespread network to make the tank easily available to transportation providers across the country.